May 10, 2008 3:55pm
Re: Donna gets a bad rap...
I've searched my notes and come up with five shows where I noted she was excellent. Here they are:
Utica Memorial Auditorium. Laid back & leisurely but crystal clear & focused. From the jams, I assume they were very tripped out. Donna is excellent. http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-03-21.sbd.miller.29263.sbeok.flac
Auditorium Theatre, Chicago. A Betty Board with marvelous sound and very nice performances. Really sweet versions of the classic first set songs, especially slow ones such as Peggy-O, Mission in the Rain, and Looks Like Rain (in which Donna is beautiful).http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-06-29.sbd.bertha.31144.sbeok.flacf>
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo
Exquisite sound and inspired performances. Perhaps my favorite Uncle John's Band. Donna is excellent. http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-05-09.sbd.connor.8304.sbeok.shnf
dr. flashback wrote, "Even Donna is good tonight - I'm not kidding!http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-12-27.sbd.cotsman.19288.sbeok.shnf
Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Donna is lovely: one of my favorite Scarlet>Fires - awe-inspiring. [don't know exactly when I noted this; I wonder if I would still say it today]http://www.archive.org/details/gd78-12-30.sbd.miller.18092.sbeok.shnf
Overall, as I wrote some time ago (calling down the wrath of the Donna-dissers), IMO she obviously added more to the sound than she took away. I love the years before her, too, of course; rarely enjoy anything later than '79 very much.